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Watson hospitalised with severe gastritis, Oz battle stomach bug

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Mohali, Oct 24 (UNI) Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was hospitalised today with chest and stomach pain even though the team managament exuded confidence that the player would be fit before Sunday's crucial Champions Trophy match against India.

In fact, a number of Australian players today complained of stomach pains and skipped practice sessions.

Cricket Australia Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said, ''Shane experienced severe chest pain this morning and we decided to take him to hospital to investigate and manage the problem.

''He had a range of tests, the results of which indicate that he has gastritis, which commonly causes heart-burn and chest pain,'' he said.

''Shane will be re-assessed later this evening with a view to bringing him back to the team hotel tonight,'' said Kountouris.

A decision about Shane's availability for Sunday's match will be made in due course, a Cricket Australia release said.

Meanwhile, an AAP report claimed Watson is expected to be released overnight.

Watson played a crucial role in Australia's win over England in Jaipur, where the strapping allrounder took three for 16, including the prized wicket of Andrew Flintoff.

He also opened batting with Adam Gilchrist in both the group matches and scored 0 and 21.

The report quoted coach John Buchanan saying that the player would be fit ahead of Sunday's final Group-A match.

''As far as I know at the moment, he (Watson) is in hospital and they are just doing all the tests.

''We've had a couple of bouts of sickness already. We're taking every possible precaution but nonetheless sometimes those things happen,'' he added.

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